Job Description

Animal Control Officer (Lexington-Fayette Animal Care and Control)
Lexington, KY, United States of America


Are you someone who embraces others with compassion, respect, and a willingness to help? Are you passionate about animals? Do you want to make a difference in the lives of citizens and animals in our community? Lexington-Fayette Animal Care & Control (LFACC) could be the place for you!

Animal Control Officers (ACO) respond to calls for service to assist citizens with animal-related concerns, enforce laws/ordinances, patrol the community, and educate the public on responsible pet ownership.

ACOs function at a higher level of independence, self-direction, judgement, and interaction with the public. Candidates must be able to read, understand, and explain applicable state and local laws, regulations and ordinances; obtain cooperation and compliance from members of the public; analyze a situation and adopt a course of action; exercise tact and independent judgement in dealing with the public; speak to a wide range of people.

Candidates must be at least 21 years of age, have a high school diploma or equivalent, have a valid driver’s license, and submit to a background and motor vehicle check. Candidates must also successfully complete a 60-day recruit onboarding and training period.

OPEN AVAILABILITY AND WILLINGNESS TO WORK ANY SHIFT IS A MUST. Candidates must be available to work an overnight, on-call shift in rotation with other Animal Control Officers.

This position requires a strong commitment to the mission and purpose of Lexington-Fayette Animal Care and Control (LFACC) and the Lexington Humane Society (LHS).

Job Skills / Requirements

Key Accountabilities:
-Knows, understands, and enforces current laws and ordinances
-Completes all ACO activities consistent with Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)
-Prioritizes compassionate and humane treatment of animals
-Patrols the city and responds to calls from dispatch
-Picks up strays and animals in danger
-Achieves and maintains citation authority
-Interfaces with the public to inform, educate, and resolve animal-related issues
-Impounds, vaccinates, and houses animals per protocol
Notifies owners of impounded animals
-Interprets situations, partners with the Vet Tech department when necessary, and provides basic care for animals as needed
-Responds positively to structured hierarchy and constructive feedback
-Maintains exemplary driving record
-Operates dispatch as needed
-Assists Cruelty Investigator as necessary
-Interfaces with other agencies and departments
-Compiles evidence and appears in court as necessary
-Processes incoming animals per protocol
-Completes paperwork as necessary
-Completes and maintains computerized documentation of animals

Education Requirements (Any)

High School Diploma

Additional Information / Benefits

-Exciting work environment 

-Opportunities to work with and help animals everyday

-Opportunities for career advancement

-Hand-on training and professional development

-Uniforms and safety/communication equipment

-Weekly pay

-Eligibility to participate in a Pet Wellness Program for your owned pets

-20% merchandise discount

Benefits: Medical Insurance, Life Insurance, Dental Insurance, Paid Vacation, Paid Sick Days, Paid Holidays, Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability, Pension/Retirement

This job reports to the Assistant Chief of Animal Care and Control

This is a Full-Time position 1st Shift, 2nd Shift, 3rd Shift, Weekends.

Number of Openings for this position: 1